FAMILY law specialists are expecting the Lord Chancellor to support calls for no-fault divorce in his white paper due later this month.
The paper is believed to approve submissions by the Solicitors Family Law Association and others recommending irretrievable breakdown is cited as the only cause of divorce.
Former SFLA chair Richard Sax, on the Law Society's family law committee, says the paper could also support a one-year waiting period for divorce.
"I think this will happen for two reasons. One is that Lord Mackay sees it as an opportunity for considering reconciliation, and, second, he believes it will focus peoples minds on practical steps for the future."
"He also believes it will give them an opportunity for mediation and, where appropriate, we would favour that."